RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information following reports of two fatal cat poisonings in the Pontyclun area of Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The RSPCA was called by a member of the public on 3 November, who had taken their seven-year-old cat, named Leia, to a local veterinary practice, who discovered traces of anti-freeze poisoning in her blood.
It is also understood that a neighbour’s cat also recently died, following a suspected poisoning, prompting the RSPCA to urge local cat owners to be exceptionally vigilant.
The news follows a recent RSPCA Cymru appeal, concerning a cat being poisoned with ethylene glycol in the Llandysul area.
RSPCA inspector Julie Fadden said:
“Our thoughts go out to the owners of these cats, at what must be a hugely difficult and upsetting time.
“We are eager to find out more information about how these cats may have come to consume anti-freeze – with two deaths in the same area very worrying, indeed. “Our inspectorate information line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, should anyone have any information.
“It is vital cat owners locally remain vigilant, and know what to do if they suspect their cat may have been poisoned.
“It is a criminal offence to deliberately poison a cat. Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering could face six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000.”
Symptoms of poisoning can include a cat vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures and having difficulty breathing.
If a cat owner suspects their animal may have been poisoned, the RSPCA advises them to stay calm, remove their pet from the source of poison, contact their vet immediately, and follow their advice. Where appropriate, taking a sample of whatever appears to have poisoned your pet can be helpful – but only if people avoid exposing themselves to any harm.
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